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Provincial Team descends on Eanred


September 2018

The Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside, led the newly invested Provincial officers on their first team visit of the year to Eanred lodge, who meet in Billingham, for their September meeting. The brethren were treated to a highly polished ceremony upstairs with the raising of Robert Cross before, Eric was presented in the second rising with a cheque for £100 from the Worshipful Master, Shaun Tunney, on behalf of the members of Eanred lodge towards the festival.

Downstairs the festive board was packed out and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and one another’s company. Responding to his toast, Eric thanked the brethren of Eanred lodge for the warmth of their welcome and hospitality. He informed the brethren he was well aware of Eanred lodge being exceptionally good at ritual, which was fantastic upstairs in the meeting and somehow gets better every time he visits the lodge.

Eric thanked the brethren of Eanred for their generous donation of £100 towards the festival and informed everyone that at the half way mark of the festival, of 2 and a half years, £2.1m was raised which is 75% of the overall target. On average approximately £10k per week is being raised towards the target which is quite amazing.

Although this was the first team visit of the year for the newly invested officers, Eric advised the brethren that it would be his last. He also added how privileged he felt to have led the Provincial team over the last 10 years and in addition he could not think of a better place to come for his last visit leading the Provincial team. Eric also stated that he was very appreciative of the support from David S. Hay, also a member of Eanred, across the years which has been absolutely invaluable.

Derek Luke, Worshipful Master of the Durham Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge (DPGSL), stood up to present Eric with a gift on behalf of all Stewards present and past, asking any present to stand with him as he did so. Eric was given a hand drawn and framed portrait, which had been drawn with considerable detail by Derek, as a token of appreciation for his support and direction of the Stewards lodge across the last ten years. Eric thanked Derek and all past and present members of DPGSL and told them that he was very proud to have been involved with it since the beginning. He advised the brethren that he would hang the portrait at home, providing that his wife permits him to. Before sitting down Eric once again paid thanks to Derek and the Stewards, past and present, for making the evening a more splendid occasion with the gesture.

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